International Freezer Challenge 2024
Jan 1 – Jun 30 all-day
International Freezer Challenge 2024

Ultra-low temperature freezers consume as much electricity annually as a typical single-family home. Hopkins laboratories can lower their lab’s carbon footprint and challenge your cold storage practices by taking part in the Freezer Challenge. Supported by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and My Green Lab, this challenge is designed to promote best practices in cold storage management for laboratories around the world.

Johns Hopkins operates over 1,500 Ultra-low temperature freezers and even more refrigerators, standard freezers, and cold rooms that utilize millions of kWh per year. The annual challenge encourages labs to implement best practices related to cold storage maintenance, from temperature tuning (-70C is the new -80C) to removing ice buildup, that all contribute to making freezer more energy efficient.

The challenge runs through January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2024. To learn more about our other Green Labs initiatives at Johns Hopkins, please visit the Office of Sustainability website or email sustainability@jhu.edu. You can learn more about past Freezer Challenges at Johns Hopkins.

Startup Fest 2024 @ FastForward U
Apr 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Johns Hopkins University Life Design Lab, the Carey Business School and FastForward U are partnering to bring Baltimore-region startups together with Johns Hopkins undergraduate and graduate students for this event!

Who: Undergraduate and graduate students from all years are encouraged to attend.
What: An opportunity to connect with startups and start building connections. All employers at this event will have some kind of opportunity for paid student engagement.
What to Do in Advance: Upload a resume to Handshake, research participating employers you would like to connect with, and practice your elevator pitch
When: April 3 from 4:30-6:30pm EST.
Where: Hosted at Fast Forward U: 320 W 29th Street, 2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21211
Please note: Professional dress is encouraged for all attendees.

The Installation of Jordan Green as the Herschel L. Seder Professor @ Hodson Hall, Trustee Board Room
Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Installation of Jordan Green as the Herschel L. Seder Professor @ Hodson Hall, Trustee Board Room

Jordan J. Green is a professor of biomedical engineering, ophthalmology, oncology, neurosurgery, materials science and engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering. He currently serves as the vice chair for research and translation in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and previously served as the director of the undergraduate biomedical engineering program. He is the director of the Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Lab, the founding associate director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, and the founding associate director of the NCBIB Johns Hopkins Translational Immunoengineering Center. He is also an associate researcher in the Institute for NanoBioTechnology.

His research focuses on the design of biotechnologies for cellular engineering. Green and his lab design and synthesize new biomaterials and nanoparticle systems that can deliver biomolecules such as nucleic acids, peptides, proteins, sugars, and small molecules specifically to various cell types, including cancer cells, immune cells, and stem cells. His lab works to create innovative technologies and therapeutics that can directly benefit human health.

RSVP required for in person attendance. The event will be available via livestream for those unable to attend in person.

Johns Hopkins Engineering Design Day
May 1 all-day

Design Day is the Whiting School’s premier event that showcases Hopkins engineering students’ work. Students implement their classroom knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills to develop inventions and processes that solve real-world problems and create a better future.

This event is open to all! We welcome faculty, staff, other students, and the public. Enjoy more than 200 student presentations, posters, and demos representing every academic department at the Whiting School, and speak with students about their work. For more information, visit the Design Day website, where you also can see examples of last year’s projects.


17th Nano-Bio Symposium: RNA Innovations @ Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
17th Nano-Bio Symposium: RNA Innovations @ Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus

All are welcome to attend our 17th Nano-Bio Symposium on RNA Innovations. All are welcome to attend our 17th Nano-Bio Symposium on RNA Innovations. Innovations in RNA biology and therapeutics show immense potential in transforming the landscape of medical research and biotechnology development. RNA, particularly messenger RNA (mRNA), has emerged as a groundbreaking tool and is revolutionizing the way researchers and clinicians approach medicine. This year’s symposium will explore the unprecedented possibilities of RNA innovations and its novel therapeutic avenues. We welcome experts, researchers, and enthusiasts to join us as we converge to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and delve into the latest advancements so that our collective efforts advance the full potential of RNA-based technologies and shape the future of healthcare and biomedicine.

This is event will feature guest speakers and a poster competition with a reception. Registration is required.

BARCS Animal Shelter Donation Drive @ INBT Business Office
Jun 20 – Jul 23 all-day
BARCS Animal Shelter Donation Drive @ INBT Business Office

The Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology is accepting donations for BARCS, a non-profit animal shelter and pet adoption center in Baltimore.

BARCS is an open admission shelter, granting refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost, or surrendered animal that comes through their doors. No matter the circumstance, they do not turn away an animal in need of shelter, food, medical care, and a loving touch. Yearly, this equates to 11,000-12,000 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and even wildlife and exotic animals that need care and placement.

Please only purchase items from BARCS wish list. Below is a list of some of those items.

Drop off donations at the institute’s business office, Shaffer Hall 103 or contact to Gina Wadas at ginawadas@jhu.edu to arrange pick up.

Toys & Enrichment
Scratch boxes for cats
Feather wands
Chuck-it balls

Veterinary Care
Latex and non-latex gloves
Triple antibiotic ointment
Digital thermometers

Kennel care
Stainless steel no-flip bowls
Baby wipes
Cat brushes
Kitten nursing bottles

Food & Treats
Dog/puppy food: dry and wet (unopened)
Cat/kitten food: dry and wet (unopened)
Bully sticks
Smooth peanut butter
Full Moon brand dog treats (Training Size)

Cleaning Supplies
Paper towels
Dawn dish detergent
Lint rollers
Plastic watering cans


Frameshift Technology Training & Case Competition @ Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Jul 22 @ 8:00 am – Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm

Frameshift is an academic initiative that combines an entrepreneurial spirit and translational growth environment to develop new therapies rapidly using immunoengineering technologies. This initiative showcases innovative biological advances at the intersection of immunology, engineering, and medicine.

This in-person three-day event that will teach trainees about Johns Hopkins Translational Immunoengineering technologies and potential applications, provide hands-on experience with relevant techniques, and develop new ideas about the application of these technologies in a team-based, hackathon-style competition. The workshop will be split into two portions. The first is seminars and hands-on lab demonstrations where participants will experience how to synthesize and use core TR&D platforms. The second is an entrepreneurial showcase where participants create and pitch a novel immunoengineering solution using a combination of the TR&D technologies.

Target Audience
Postdoctoral scholars and candidates pursuing research-intensive and clinically focused advanced degrees, including but not limited to those in Ph.D., M.D., and PharmD granting programs.

Event: July 22 – 24, 2024
Registration deadline: June 30, 2024

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


REU Student Presentations @ Shriver Clipper Room and Zoom
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
REU Student Presentations @ Shriver Clipper Room and Zoom

Every summer the INBT welcomes undergraduate students to the Nanotechnology for Biology and Bioengineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students spend 9-10 weeks with INBT faculty and mentors heavily engaged in research projects ranging from developing cancer therapies and diagnostic tools to using regenerative engineering to heal the body. They also participate in professional development training, networking activities, and explore Baltimore and other surrounding cities. We welcome you to join us to see presentations by our 2024 summer students as they showcase their research projects.

This event is hybrid and space is limited in the Shriver Clipper Room. If space is unavailable please join by Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 921 2790 1049